GROVETOWN, Ga. (AP) - Sheriff's deputies in Columbia County shot and killed a 58-year-old man after a standoff that shut down Interstate 20 for more than four hours, authorities have confirmed.
According to The Columbia County News-Times, (http://bit.ly/17eRRf2 ) authorities say the man was pointing a .45 caliber handgun at deputies when he was shot.
The sheriff hasn't released the man's name, pending notification of his mother.
The newspaper reports that a state trooper discovered the man Sunday evening under an interstate overpass west of Augusta. His brother, who lives in Arizona, had alerted Georgia State Police that the man was threatening suicide.
Several hours later, a sheriff's spokesman says, Deputy Joseph Baker fired the fatal shot after the man refused to lower his gun despite deputies firing multiple warning shots.
Information from: The Augusta Chronicle , http://www.augustachronicle.com
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